You would never know, reading Greg Mankiw’s piece, that many economists in fact oppose TPP and fast track. Or that economists can and do reject the characterization of TPP and the like as “free trade” bills.
This week on CounterSpin: Bipartisanship and free trade are two of corporate media’s favorite things, so when the Washington Post editorial expressed the post midterm media consensus–“Now that Republicans have gained control of Congress, no policy area is riper for bipartisan action than trade”–you can believe they were happy to do it. But should we be happy? And is it even true? We’ll hear from Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.
Also this week: Republicans have been hard at work for the past few years restricting the right to vote. Did their work pay off in the midterms? We’ll speak to reporter Ari Berman of The Nation, who recently wrote that “it’s become easier to buy an election and harder to vote in one.”
Networks Skip Controversial Trade Deal
The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has drawn heavy criticism. Over 500 labor, environmental and farm groups oppose granting the White House “fast track” authority to speed the pact through Congress. The deal, still being negotiated in secret, has spawned protests around the world.
But there’s one thing that TPP hasn’t generated: news. Let’s try to change that.
Virtual media blackout of ‘NAFTA on steroids’
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: With candidates from both parties supporting corporate-minded education reform to varying degrees, and with media often skittish about stepping outside the box of the candidates’ views, this election season doesn’t look good for advocates of strong public education. We’ll buck the trend with an interview with Diane Ravitch, professor and historian of education at New York University, and the author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Also on the show: U.S. negotiators have been extra secretive about a trade deal they’ve been […]
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: U.S. media are abuzz with stories about the growing threat Iran poses to the U.S. The stories seem to embellish recent remarks by the U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who says Iran is a larger threat than al Qaeda and is prepared to carry out attacks in the Western Hemisphere, including in the US. We’ll be joined by Vijay Prashad, Director of International Studies at Trinity College to talk about Iran. Also on the show: The New York Times series on working conditions at Apple suppliers in China–conditions that have reportedly driven […]
Critics of deals outnumbered more than 4-to-1 in NYT, WSJ
In the 16 months leading up to the congressional vote on a set of trade deals with Korea, Colombia and Panama in mid-October, news reporting on the agreements scarcely mentioned that critics existed; when they were acknowledged, their objections were frequently mischaracterized. With media doing little to evaluate misleading claims made by the trade pacts’ proponents, all three were approved by Congress by considerable margins. There were two major points that opponents of the trio of deals—including labor, environmental, consumer and even Tea Party groups—consistently emphasized in reports, press releases, letters and direct outreach to reporters. First, these trade deals […]
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The congressional passage of so-called ‘free trade’ agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama was met with applause by many in the corporate media. The cheering was not only for the corporate friendly provisions of the bills, but for what journalists insist was the bipartisan support for the legislation. Todd Tucker of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch will join us with a different view of the trade pacts. Also on the show: From pink dog toys to pink…handguns? There’s no escaping Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sure, some of it’s crass, but it raises a […]